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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:49 PM
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33. As others said upthread, this is actually about net neutrality.
The FCC wants to keep companies like Comcast from giving Comcast subscribers' data transfers preferred access to the parts of the internet Comcast 'owns' (the networks they bought or built, their websites, etc). What Comcast and other big players want to do is make sure they can give subscribers faster speeds for Comcast content, for example, or (pure speculation follows) put an ad that generates revenue for them in front of every video feed a subscriber views that doesn't come from Comcast. Something else they'd probably like to do is rootkit into your PC a popup adbox that activates every time your data request (say, a website) gets routed through their network. They'd certainly want to slow your data down and give their own subscribers preferred treatment.

Things like that. The big players also want to be able to throttle users who engage in high data transfers (several gigabytes at a time, for example). That and that alone would be utterly devastating; there are many people who perform system updates in that size range, and online product distribution systems like Valve Software's very very popular Steam platform would become crippled fairly quickly.

Imagine the following scenario:

You are a subscriber of Company X, and the networks of the only two "players" in your region (say, Comcast and Charter) happen to surround yours geographically. Company X is a "lilypad" in a big pond. Your YouTube request will be at your maximum subscribed speed on Company X's network, but as soon as it got routed into Charter or Comcast's network, it would get slowed down. Maybe they would even queue your request, delaying it until their subscribers' requests were satisfied, and then passing on yours only at a slower speed while it's on their network. Now imagine all the corporate property not owned by Company X that sits between you and your YouTube video. Suddenly your request is subject to multiple "preference policies" both coming and going, as is the data that makes up the YouTube video itself.

This is how you make YouTube, and Hulu, and even our own DU less usable. This is what the FCC wants to avoid.

Until we mandate that all players in the industry update the networks they own to fiber, and put in place a truly massive program to lay fiber-optic cable coast to coast in an internet 2.0 version of the Transcontinental Railroad, we will continue to hear these companies piss and moan about some users' high data transfer/bandwidth usage, and they will continue to try to squeeze.
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  -FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access The Northerner  Jan-15-10 02:03 PM   #0 
  - Because everyone in the LAND OF THE FREE has to be under complete control at all times  FiveGoodMen   Jan-15-10 02:07 PM   #1 
  - Tell me how unshackling Comcast is a good move?  Xipe Totec   Jan-15-10 02:11 PM   #4 
     - Ah, that's what I get for responding too quickly  FiveGoodMen   Jan-15-10 02:14 PM   #5 
        - I did too.  proudohioan   Jan-15-10 02:27 PM   #8 
  - I would think that currently the FCC does not have jurisdiction.  LiberalFighter   Jan-15-10 02:09 PM   #2 
  - In this instance Comcast is worse. nt  Enthusiast   Jan-15-10 04:27 PM   #14 
  - is this good or bad?  FLAprogressive   Jan-15-10 02:09 PM   #3 
  - Comcast wants to block bit torrant so it can sell you their pay per view movies  NJmaverick   Jan-15-10 03:02 PM   #12 
     - Actors, Camera Crew, etc Do Not Work For Tip Jar Donations  NashVegas   Jan-15-10 06:11 PM   #20 
     - Meh. I think Comcast is relevant mostly to the owners of the movie and maybe the headliners.  No Elephants   Jan-17-10 04:54 AM   #32 
     - Or, you know the age of massive companies building walls around our collective culture is over.  Kurska   Jan-17-10 01:42 PM   #35 
     - *bittorrent  boppers   Jan-15-10 11:08 PM   #25 
  - I support the FCC, this is about Net Neutrality, not Censorship.  MicaelS   Jan-15-10 02:18 PM   #6 
  - +1  mac56   Jan-15-10 02:42 PM   #10 
  - +1 ! Support net neutrality!  Enthusiast   Jan-15-10 04:28 PM   #15 
  - Net Neutrality (as proposed) is great for spammers and crackers.  boppers   Jan-15-10 11:16 PM   #26 
     - Net neutrality is what keeps DU usable and online gaming viable.  Occulus   Jan-17-10 12:52 PM   #34 
  - The only driver here is GREED  liberal N proud   Jan-15-10 02:24 PM   #7 
  - I think the WP writer did a poor job of writing . Very confusing. It assumes  peacetalksforall   Jan-15-10 02:32 PM   #9 
  - WHY regulate gutless ISP's? Instead..Regulate GOOGLE Home Invasion Helper!  ectoendomezo   Jan-15-10 03:00 PM   #11 
  - I just read the article  bitchkitty   Jan-15-10 03:10 PM   #13 
  - Does your day job include writing ransom notes? /nt  jberryhill   Jan-15-10 04:36 PM   #16 
  - Now THAT is funny! (nt)  14thColony   Jan-16-10 01:18 AM   #28 
  - HUH???? (....Regulate GOOGLE Home Invasion Helper! )  groundloop   Jan-15-10 04:42 PM   #17 
  - Streetview takes pictures from public property.  boppers   Jan-15-10 11:23 PM   #27 
  - you have NO idea what you are talking about  paulsby   Jan-16-10 10:01 PM   #31 
  - Excellent  dreamnightwind   Jan-15-10 05:39 PM   #18 
  - Sorry to say that you are wrong.  MicaelS   Jan-15-10 05:57 PM   #19 
  - Did you misunderstand my post?  dreamnightwind   Jan-15-10 06:46 PM   #21 
  - You're right, but only IF they follow through and get something accomplished...  Iowa   Jan-15-10 10:58 PM   #23 
     - Probably true  dreamnightwind   Jan-16-10 07:05 PM   #29 
  - Because "they hate our freedom" . . . !!!  defendandprotect   Jan-15-10 09:26 PM   #22 
  - Aw, HELL NO. Requiring printing presses to be licensed?  boppers   Jan-15-10 11:03 PM   #24 
  - As others said upthread, this is actually about net neutrality.  Occulus   Jan-17-10 12:49 PM   #33 
  - The FCC can kiss my ass  Baclava   Jan-16-10 07:06 PM   #30 
  - What a terrible fucking title.  Kurska   Jan-17-10 01:44 PM   #36 

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